SCOOP Steve Parrish launches new race series
EX-BBC Motogp commentator and motorcycle racer Steve Parrish is taking to the track again with an all-new race series – for buses! After years of campaigning, he has finally got the go-ahead from the governing body and agreement from four major tracks that will host the series, starting in 2017.
Parrish told MCN: “Finally we have a motor racing series in which the spectators are directly involved. The passengers will act as ballast, transferring their weight/bodies from side to side to keep the bus stable”. A recent test at Donington Park had every one of the 40 passengers thoroughly enjoying the experience and have signed up to take part.
Chris Herring, Motor Sports Director for the Circuit of Wales, commented: “It’s always refreshing to welcome new motorsport ideas. Fortunately we are designing our circuit with high bridges so it will easily cope with double deckers.”
BSB Race Director Stuart Higgs expressed his disappointment that Brands Hatch’s bridges are too low to accommodate the racing, however MSV can host racing at their Norfolk Snetterton circuit. Higgs said: “What a great interactive way for fans to enjoy this new sport.”
Parrish concluded: “I believe it will run throughout the winter when we are normally starved of Motorsport. The fans/spectators will be on board in the warmth and will really play an integral part in the bus racing team, as their performance inside the bus is crucial. We may need to look at the size of the podium though!”